Baljeet Singh Kochhar
i, THe biker
38 Year Old
No. of Years : 30,
Kilometers done (appox) : 1,80,000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
For me to be a Motorcyclist is the biggest thing for me , I cannot think life without being a motorcyclist.
Being a motorcyclist I got a chance to see my country in a different style , and on my bike I could explore a bit more than any thing else .
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Motocycling changed the life completely by makes you free to move with it also it makes you more responsible and cautious . It takes a big mind set to do big rides on a motorcycle. Motorcycling has made me a different man altogether.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
I wear all the safety gear and adhere to all the by laws which makes me feel safer. I ride at a very slow pace in the city and look ahead and make sure I dont disturb other people. We have a lead , a sweep and running pilot who maintains the uniformity of the whole group and removes all the dangers and risk involved and makes people of all ages safer riding with me.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
My I st most memorable ride was in 1996 when i bought The first Citibike 500 made by RE from Auto expo 4 in Delhi and rode it down from Delhi to Pune 1428 kms in the month of June with my daddy , It was the first long ride of my life before this the biggest bike I rode was a Dx Kinectic Honda to max of 40kms .
And second was the Ride to Lahore 2004 , this was a ride organized by Royal Enfield I was one of the team of 21 riders from all over India . It is one my my greatest rides Were I rode all the way from Pune and back.
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
Since very long time I have been participating in various rides as , Aids Awareness Ride , Safety Ride , Helmet Awareness Ride , Healthy Kidney smooth Ride Also from many year when I have participated in our 15th Aug and 26th Jan ride we hold banners having safety messages printed on it and wait at famous roads holding them for citizens to see . I plan to carry with the good work as long as possible and spread the message of safety.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
The best thing is brother hood, as where ever we go in India we have a network of all the club who welcome us or help us in any manner and the worst thing is Riders Drink and Ride , Drinking and ridding is strictly prohibited with me , no one is allowed ridding after drinking alcohol .
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
I feel free out and away from all the tensions of the world It is a meditation I feel each and every bit on the road when riding . it’s a total different experience can't live without riding if time permits I would like to go where ever possible on my bike…